Wild Heaven Emmylou, the first in the Georgia based brewery’s fruited sour series, debuts today.
Eric Johnson (brewmaster) laid the groundwork for Wild Heaven Emmylou almost two years ago, when he started souring a base golden ale in oak barrels. The oldest barrels are 18 months old.
Five different Bordeaux barrels containing kumquats, D’Anjou pears, cantaloupe, gooseberry and Asian persimmon comprise the final blend for Sour No. 1.
The result is a game-changing sour for Wild Heaven. The sour/wild ale is impressively complex, with light notes of the unique fruits on which Emmylou has been aging, finishing with a beautiful flavor of the barrels.
Wild Heavy Emmylou is available in 500 milliliter bottles at the brewery on October 15th, with limited distribution to follow this week. Expect more fruited sours to follow in the coming months.
Mammoth Gooseberry Sour
Mikkeller (Denmark) released a series of spontaneously fermented beers in 2012, each featuring a different fruit addition. 2013 should see a new round of those funky beers. The base beer for SpontanGooseberry is a lambic. Mikkeller threw in gooseberries for this addition.
The gooseberry is native to Europe, grows on a bush, and basically tastes like a sour grape. We’re pretty sure you can expect a base SpontanAle without fruit additions for your comparison.
Lambic, The Rundown.
A lambic is a spontaneously fermented beer. What’s that? The beer is exposed to wild yeasts and bacteria. In this case (most likely) these wild yeasts live in the oak of the barrels they are aged in. The result is a tart/sour tasting beer.